Field Trip

Every mom experiences many, many firsts with her children and those are and become precious, countless memories.  The baby ones are never-repeated milestones and the ones that follow are an adventure!

School offers many new challenges for school-age children, some good and some bad.  They learn curriculum such as reading and they also learn social skills such as making new friends.  Of course, I have to say that I am just as green as my children are about this whole experience.  I can’t remember my own starting-out experiences and school protocol has changed so much in the last 40 years.  One of the things I am very satisfied with is the security of the children at my son’s school.  I’m sure that every school has some type of security measures in place and my son’s school is exceptional.

And that brings me to the notice I received about my child’s invitation to his first field trip away from the safety of his school.  Panic mode!  Yes, that was my first reaction.  I immediately thought about all the dangers away from relative safety, especially since danger in school buses have been in the news lately (http://abcnews.go.com/US/baltimore-area-school-bus-drivers-cited-800-dangerous/story?id=17563000).  I mean, it does happen!  All these crazy things went through my mind and my first instinct was to decline the permission for him to attend a play his school was invited to in an area high school (where, to make matters worse, is in a high-traffic area).  Then I came to my senses.  I couldn’t deny my son permission since I knew his entire class would be going and he would feel left out.  Further and more importantly, I couldn’t deny him the experience of doing something new.

A mom’s job is to do what is best for her children and to make sure that they are healthy and most importantly, happy.  I won’t deny that it is very hard for me to adjust to leaving my children in someone else’s care, and that is not to say that they are incompetent, but my instinct to protect them overwhelms me.  I try to be lenient and for the most part I am.  However, in instances like this, I tend to want to hold on tighter than I should.  The battle is within me and I never display that to my children, rather, I battle each situation in the privacy of my bedroom and then make a decision.  I have so many fears but I never display or voice my fears to them.  I know that the fear is my own, but I think every mother has them.  My fear of losing my children in this day and age when the danger is so real is beyond me and I protect them as best I know how, yet try to allow them the freedom to be children as well.  A delicate balancing act, but I think I’m getting better at it.  Right now I trust all the precautions that are in place and it’s a learning experience for me too.

For what it’s worth, my son had a good time.  He thoroughly enjoyed himself and he had so much fun.  He described his trip from beginning to end in minute detail and that tells me that he absorbed the entire experience and for that I am glad that I made the right decision.

school bus

There are no seat belts on buses! Should I start the process of writing a law on it? Just kidding.  I know it’s OK!

 

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